Intellisense On Tap For Next SQL Server 2008 CTP
The long wait is about to come to an end. The Intellisense with the Transact-SQL
language service in SQL Server will indeed be available in the next Community
Test Preview (CTP) of 'Katmai,' the code-name for Microsoft’s SQL
Server 2008. That indeed was one of the most widely sought after features
among SQL Server developers after it was removed from a beta of SQL Server
2005 several years ago and hasn’t been seen since.
Indeed, there was some rumbling when Intellisense didn’t show up
in the most recent Katmai CTPs. Microsoft is so committed to getting it
into the next test version, that perhaps that’s why the CTP has been
delayed by a few weeks. Microsoft
is only saying that it wants the next CTP to have several key features.
Skeptical that Intellisense will make the cut? Dan Jones, lead program
manager for Microsoft’s SQL Server management team promised attendees
of last week’s VSLive! regional conference in New York that you can
take to the bank the fact that Intellisense will be in the next CTP.
"This thing is going to be in there," he told attendees. "You
can hunt me down if it gets out." Indeed the news drew applause both
at VSLive (an event produced by Redmond Media Group, which publishes this
newsletter) and the annual Professional Association for SQL Server user
conference in Denver, which also took place last week. Kevin Kline, president
of PASS and SQL Server technical strategy manager at Quest Software, says
developers were thrilled to hear the news.
"Everyone is excited about is Intellisense," Kline says. Developers
who use the new feature and want (or need) to program or use a T-SQL command,
can do so "without having to live with the syntax manual in hand,"
he adds. It could cut tons of time off development, he adds. "This
means hours and hours and hours every week that will be saved by having
Other features that will appear in the next CTP include the declarative
management framework, which will let organizations set policies against
multiple SQL Server databases and support for geospatial data.
Are you testing Katmai? Let me know what you think. Also, for the many
who are still on SQL Server 2000, let us know if you’re thinking
of jumping up to Katmai, or if you’re going to move to SQL Server
2005. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Calling on Oracle 11g Developers
A choose-your-own-ending type of migration story.
Meanwhile Microsoft is courting Oracle users offering 50 percent discounts
to those who migrate off Oracle databases onto SQL Server. The timing
comes as Oracle
is readying the Windows version of its 11g database for release by
One .NET database developer who sent me an e-mail this week may be a
good candidate to take Microsoft up on its offer. The customer, who runs
applications on Oracle 10g running on Windows, decided to migrate to Oracle
11g, which last month was released for Linux servers. He exported a schema
that is used for a Web site he manages. While all looked well (the data
was there and the account was accessible), when it came to the Web server
login, the user names and passwords were invalid, though he could login
using SQL*Plus (Oracle’s command-line SQL and PL/SQL interface and
reporting tools that ships with Oracle databases). He believes the new
password security is causing the problem.
"Because of the sensitive downtime of the Web site, I had to start
the old 10g database to allow the account to log in," he writes.
He does want to get to the 11g database, but needs to solve this problem.
When I asked if he tried Oracle’s technical support, he said, yes
but to no avail. Anyone out there have any suggestions? Add your comment
to this blog or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 09/26/2007 at 1:15 PM